Overberg

Shark Cage Diving with Marine Dynamics

Shark Cage Diving in Gansbaai as an activity on the Cape Whale Coast in the Overberg Region is a bucket list item for us and we are so thankful and lucky to have had the opportunity to experience it with Marine Dynamics.

Though starting out the day way earlier than is usual for us we were out just before 7am to go get our registration and briefing done and getting ready to head out to the launch harbour of Kleinbaai where the shark cage diving tours leave from.

It was an educational and adrenaline experience of note and we have some pics to share with you about it. There will be more info to come as we share more soon about the interesting and amazing work being done by various responsible tourism businesses and their efforts in educating and conserving the natural and cultural heritage in their destination.

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Slashfin the Marine Dynamics shark cage diving boat

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These gulls were extremely excited and flew behind the boat as we entered the area we were going to experience the amazing Great White Shark

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I realised why the birds were so excited because the chum used to create a scent trail to attract the sharks meant food for them

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How is that for a first time viewing a big beautiful smile

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The first group in the cage were extremely blessed to have had the shark come up this close.

Being this close to an apex predator was somewhat scary but more exciting and a recommended experience to include on your bucket list and at the same time contribute to conservation efforts especially through the Dyer Island Conservation Trust.

Part of the experience is to learn more about the work being done with businesses who have been finalists and winners for the Africa Responsible Tourism Awards at World Travel Market Africa who we have partnered with as part of the efforts for Responsible Tourism and collaborations being set up with Travel Massive Cape Town and Better Tourism Africa. So watch out for more of our blogs that we will be sharing about this.

Posted by Fuad in Cape Whale Coast, Conservation, Country, Explore, Out and About, Overberg, Responsible Tourism, South Africa, Tourism, Travel, Western Cape, 0 comments

Blue Gum Country Estate #InStanford

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Our Tuesday past turned into the perfect #TravelTuesday road trip experience with a drive from Arniston as part of our a bit late short mid-year break. Driving through the countryside where the colors and views were just so mesmerizing and getting to stop along the way for some amazing pics was fun for me. Then ending it off with a stay over at Blue Gum Country Estate #InStanford. We will be doing a Cape Whale Coast trip in the next few months so watch out for this blog too.
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Driving towards the estate we had to turn onto a gravel road which added to the whole country life appeal and along the way we got to see sheep, cows and horses too and it felt like we were home.
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The open space and lush garden setting at Blue Gum Country Estate was just perfect and the type of setting we could stay in forever. Think we found the type of place and setting we would want to have ourselves one day.

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We stayed in the Lion room and the fur throw on the bed actually felt like what I would say a lion mane feels like, maybe. The room was perfect for us and we ended up chatting about how this is what we need in our life, the setting and layout was great and the only thing we said we would have to add is a walk in closet, the open bath and the fact that they have their own water source was so amazing and we ended up having a lovely bath too. We also totally loved our own private veranda overlooking the little dam, part of the vineyard and the views across the way.
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Food always plays an important part of travel for many, as you often get to have what you would not necessarily have at home. With the nearest eating places in the town centre of Stanford being about 15 minutes away it was nice to have a spacious and well appointed restaurant on the property as part of the estate facilities. The service was great and the tastes were definitely just what we needed. We had tea time scones and coffee in the afternoon with home made biscuits and perfectly made scones in the lounge area.

Dinner was a set menu and available as a two course or three course. Edwill had a two course and was delighted that he actually enjoyed the starter soup. He also said the oxtail was perfect and just the right amount of flavors. I had kingklip with a lovely lemon sauce and the dessert too which was the perfect ending to the day for me as I have a sweet tooth, though I have been cutting down on my sugar intake.

Breakfast was so filling and kept me sustained for most of the day. I enjoyed some muesli, fruit and yogurt from the buffet and then had a vegetarian omelette from the hot breakfast menu and Edwill had the English Breakfast but opted to not take the sausages.

A trip would not be complete for us without a fashion shoot and you will be able to view more with the regular #FashionFriday posts on Edwill‘s social media channels which you can find via @edwillmp on InstagramFacebook & Twitter.
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Blue Gum Country Estate has everything you could ask for when you want that country life feeling in a quiet and tranquil mountainside estate, which is not too far from a town centre for access to convenience and other facilities. Also check their website for more info and any specials that they may be running.

Posted by Fuad in Cape Whale Coast, Country, Explore, Out and About, Overberg, South Africa, Stanford, Tourism, Travel, Western Cape, 0 comments

Arniston | Waenhuiskrantz

This quaint seaside village has become such a popular summer holiday destination on the south coast, found east of the southern most point of Africa – L’Agulhas or Cape Agulhas as affectionately known by the locals.

The historical area Kassies baai with the whitewashed thatched roof homes where majority fisher folk live offers for a real cultural and heritage experience of what the area was like originally and be prepared to have seafood prepared the way they have done all the years.

You are sure to find many intriguing things and beautiful photo opportunities whilst taking a walk through the village and along the coast.

As it is usually packed during December we recommend you go during the less busier times if you really want to enjoy a peaceful and relaxed time. The accommodation options range from the well appointed Arniston Hotel right on the beach front, to the Arniston Seaside Cottages giving a nice village feel, to holiday homes, guest houses and B&B’s.

For more information and assistance with your holiday in Arniston you can find all details here.

Posted by Fuad in Arniston, Overberg, South Africa, Tourism, Travel, Western Cape, 0 comments